By Amy Ephron
Rosemary Fell used to be born into privilege. She has wealth, well–connected buddies, and a good-looking fiance, Philip Alsop. eventually she has every thing she wants.
It is then, in a second of beneficence, that Rosemary invitations Eleanor Smith, a penniless younger lady she sees less than a streetlamp within the rain, into her domestic for a cup of tea. whereas there, Rosemary sees Eleanor alternate an unmistakable glance with Philip, and he or she sends Eleanor on her manner. yet she can't undo this opportunity stumble upon, and it results in a tempestuous and all–consuming love triangle –– till the tides of struggle throw all their lives off balance.
Inspired via a vintage Katherine Mansfield brief tale, A Cup of Tea engages with its bright –– and sometimes fun –– forged of characters, fantastic interval aspect, impressive evocation of the doubtful days of worldwide warfare I, and delightfully spare and picturesque experience of story.
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Certainly better than that,” she said. Eleanor and Philip approached his car, juggling the many hat boxes. “I’d hoped that she was coming in,” said Eleanor. ” “No, I wanted her to see me. ” She helped him load the hat boxes into the back of the car. One of the boxes she was carrying flew from off of the top of the others. She leaned over to catch it as Philip did the same and caught it just before it hit the ground. The effect of it was the two of them were pressed together. She set the hat boxes down on the pavement and took a breath.
No,” she answered soberly, “but their legacy lives after them. ” Her father switched off the radio and looked at her carefully. She looked back at him. Her voice softened. “I would just like one day,” she said, “where I didn’t feel as though the world, my world, was in, was about to be in, a state of siege…” Mr. Fell stared at his daughter and wondered whether he’d raised her at all adequately for any of the things she had to deal with now. But do we ever raise our children, particularly those as pampered and protected as Rose has been, to deal with whatever unexpected occurrences life throws at them?
Mrs. Mayhew stared at herself in the mirror critically. “No, I like it,” she said. She stood up, the hat still on her head like a beacon. ” Eleanor smiled politely and turned her attention to Mrs. Mayhew’s daughter. ” Caitlin Mayhew looked at her sullenly. ” asked Eleanor. Caitlin pulled a large, plain black hat from a display stand. ” her mother admonished her. ” Caitlin put a hand over her forehead and slumped back into her chair. “I could design something for you, too,” said Eleanor, careful not to sound too enthusiastic.
A Cup of Tea: A Novel of 1917 by Amy Ephron